NAPLAN Test Preparation: Writing – Years 3 and 5

Direct Instruction

Teaching resources

Teaching guide
Board Displays
Student Workbook
Year 3 Writing Practice Test
Year 5 Writing Practice Test 

The NAPLAN Writing program is a program for Year 3 and Year 5 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum English Strand:
  • Examine how evaluative language can be varied to be more or less forceful (ACELA1477).
  • Understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose and context (for example, tense and types of sentences) (ACELA1478).
  • Understand that paragraphs are a key organisational feature of written texts (ACELA1479).
  • Understand that a clause is a unit of grammar usually containing a subject and a verb and that these need to be in agreement (ACELA1481).
  • Understand that verbs represent different processes, for example; doing, thinking, saying, and relating and that these processes are anchored in time through tense (ACELA1482).
  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601).
  • Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogue (ACELT1791).
  • Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701).
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704).
Learning Objectives
In Lessons 1 to 19, students learn about:
  • writing sentences
  • writing paragraphs
  • the use of topic-specific vocabulary.
Success Criteria
  • Understand how language features are used to link and sequence ideas.
  • Understand how language can be used to express feelings and opinions on topics.
  • Include writing and images in texts to express and develop, in some detail, experiences, events, information, ideas and characters.
  • Create a range of texts for familiar and unfamiliar audiences.
  • Demonstrate understanding of grammar and choose vocabulary and punctuation appropriate to the purpose and context of their writing.

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